Festival of Ickenham 30th Year Special
We hope you will join in the fun from June 10th to June 18th.See inside for some programme details but you’ll need to buy the full programme available from local shops!
A COAT OF ARMS FOR LORD ROSSER
In 2004 Richard Rosser, Ickenham resident and sidesman at St Giles, was created a Baron of the United Kingdom. As well as a seat in the House of Lords this entitled Richard to a coat of arms. In fact the majority of UK subjects are eligible but Peers may use their shield and crest with the addition of a coronet and supporters - the animals, which support the shield from either side. Garter King of Arms, the chief Herald at the College of Arms, who has particular responsibility for Peers, and their titles, devised the new coat of arms. As a ‘Herald Painter’ or heraldic artist at the College, I was asked to produce the grant of arms, an illuminated calfskin vellum document with colours, powdered gold and calligraphy, by which the heraldry was assigned to Richard by Garter, under the authority of the Queen. This was completed in September 2005.
The design of the coat of arms incorporates references to the lives of Richard and Sheena. These are put together in a symbolic way, rather than being too obvious. The shield, for example, is a diagrammatic representation of the arches of Ickenham pump. There are three sword blades in the base, representing the sword of Justice for Richard’s work as a Magistrate.
Above the Baron’s coronet is a Peer’s helm and crest. This uses the deer symbol of St Giles where Richard serves as sidesman, based on the carving of the communion rails. It holds a train wheel, symbolising Richard’s former position as General Secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, a railway trade union. The Latin motto Through Unity We Achieve also refers to this. The supporters are winged heraldic beasts combining the upper parts of unicorns with the hindquarters of lions, representing the union of Scotland (Sheena) and England (Richard). Since supporters are personal to a Life Peer and cannot be inherited with the rest of the coat of arms, a badge was also granted, showing this creature chained and seated.
Around the text of the grant of arms I designed a decorated border to further reflect the themes of the heraldry. English red roses and oaks and Scottish thistles and pines are entwined around a framework of railway lines. There is a vignette of the pump in the initial T and at the bottom of the border is a portrait of Jess, the Baronial cat! It was a pleasure to be involved in this work for a fellow parishioner of Ickenham.
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St Giles’ Church Hall, 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and pastoral visitors. The next meeting is Monday 19th June (also Monday 17th July). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970), if you would like to talk to someone first.
ICKENHAM GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME exists to serve the whole of Ickenham. We’re here to assist in an emergency. If you need help, the daytime contact numbers are: 01895 633020 or 01895 235061.